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October 2007

SPAMfighter News 2007/10/31

SWAT Action Against Couple Planned by Teen Hacker

Randall Ellis, a nineteen year old teenager of Washington State, is facing eighteen years imprisonment for accessing 911 emergency system of California,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/31

Gate Glitch Allows Free Ride to Tokyo Rail Commuters

Innumerable rail users in Tokyo took a free trip to office on the morning of Friday following a system malfunction that made over 7,000 gates on 662

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/31

Interpol Identifies Man Suspected of Abusing Young Boys

Interpol has spotted a alleged serial paedophile named Christopher Paul Neil who was born in Canada in the year 1975 but presently in Bangkok hiding from

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/31

Kaspersky’s Online Scanner Flaw - Open Invitation to Hackers

Malevolent cyber-terrorists could easily manipulate a vulnerability discovered in Kaspersky's Online Scanner in order to infect a user's machine. But

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/31

High School Sophomores Indicted for Hacking into School Computer

The four senior high students, who had invaded the computers of Chatham (New Jersey) School District, retrieving tests and messages and breaking it down two

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/31

Existing Phishing Education Ineffective, Say Researchers

In the past week, security investigators in Pittsburgh differed over the ways of educating Internet users so as to forestall ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/10/30

New Exploit in Old Word, Says Symantec

Microsoft has patched numerous vulnerabilities in its presently supported operating systems and Office suit but a new exploit has been discovered in older,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/30

US Hackers Cracked the PCs of Al-Qaeda

There is news of security leaks at White House which have closed down an Internet operation which had successfully cracked computers of Al-Qaeda. As per the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/30

Sale of Storm Botnet could Result in More Worms

The malicious Storm Worm created botnet, which has caused immense misery for the world's IT community, is apparently placed for sale.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/30

Phishing Site Purports to be from IRS

Phishers are once again exploiting the name of IRS (Internal Revenue Service) to launch a new scheme to send fraudulent e-mails to as many addresses as

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/30

Most Phishing Scams Spoof eBay Brand

A report from PhishTank reveals that online auction site eBay and its subsidiary payment site PayPal were used as lures in as many as 63,437 ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/10/30

AOL Patches AIM Worm Hole

America Online has shipped a patch for a gaping worm hole that exposes Windows PCs to code execution attacks without the consent of user. The flaw has been

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/29

Unauthorized Patch by Researcher Posts Threat for Microsoft

A researcher leave behind Microsoft by publishing an unauthorized fix for a serious defect in the Windows XP and Server 2003 on PCs enabled with Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/29

Survey finds Social Networking Sites Exposed to Hackers

Of late, Ireland has witnessed a sudden increase in the number of users visiting social networking Websites such as Facebook. However, computer experts are

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/29

Survey Finds Consumer’s PCs Lack Adequate Cyber Security

Majority of the American users think that they're safeguarding their PCs against hacking, but their activities reveal they aren't as secure as they believe,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/29

Spammers Bring Down Site Dedicated to Fight Money Laundering

UK's Bobbear.co.uk, a very useful site that deals with illegal acts of money laundering via the Internet, has come under attack by hackers resulting in its

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/29

Security Breach Affects Students of MSU Extended University Courses

Security experts at MSU or Montana State University have discovered that an anonymous hacker compromised an Internet-connected computer on the campus that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/29

Sophos Warns of Scam Asking for Puppy Adoption

Security firm Sophos is warning computer users to be wary of a new e-mail scam that tries to extort money by pretending to be a message from a couple

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/29

Men Get Jail for Spamming Porn

Two men have been sentenced to jail for being involved in a spam scam, according to the U.S. DOJ (Department of Justice). James Schaffer, resident of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/26

Turkish Muslims Protest by Defacing Swedish Websites

Some Turkish hackers have targeted over 5,000 Swedish Websites during the first week of September 2007. It appears the sabotage was an expression of Muslim

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/26

Open-source Software Flaws could Compromise Applications

Hackers using cross-build injection attacks could exploit vulnerabilities in open-source application to inject malware into software in its different stages

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/26

India Increasingly becoming Victim of Online Financial Fraud

Internationally known provider of computer security solutions Symantec Corporation said on October 10, 2007 that India was another country rapidly

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/26

Hospital Claims Vendor Involved in Security Breach

Westerly Hospital authorities have claimed that a vendor initiated an unauthorized access to its computer system that led to the compromise of records for

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/26

DoS Attack Hits Korean Trading Sites

A recent Denial of Service (DOS) attack launched at a massive scale has brought down several major virtual items trading Websites. These sites based in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/26

Cops to Serve Prison for Hacking Computers & Tapping Phone Lines

Two former policemen were sent to prison on October 10, 2007 because they operated a private detective business that hacked computers and intercepted phone

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/26

Change in Passwords Crucial to Prevent Hacking, says McAfee Study

Passwords that are 'quite obvious' for a person can put computer users in danger of identity theft or online fraud, according to security researchers.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/25

Stock Spammers Use MP3 Files to Dupe Investors

Spammers, who are involved in the pump-and-dump frauds touting as penny stocks, are making use of MP3 files to attract investors now. The Switch Security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/25

Spam Emails Skyrocketing, Reports Symantec

The Web security company Symantec stated that spam volumes had skyrocketed to comprise a huge 70% of total emails transmitted the past month, ascending from

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/25

Phishers Launch Attacks to Steal Money during US Election Campaign

As the preparations for the 2008 US presidential election gear up, candidates are going online to announce vital issues on social networking sites,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/25

Latest Scam - Emails Threatening Death to Recipients

In Watertown, an electronic mail has turned up, transmitted by somebody calling himself "Eddy" and has lent an alarming twist to computer frauds.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/25

Identity Theft Incidences on a Rise in the UK

A report issued by the Credit information group Experian indicated that the targets of identity fraud increased by two-thirds in the initial six months of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/25

Hackers Alter Content on Sites of Liberal & Labor Parties

Hackers who exploited a security flaw to change the Website of the Liberal Party by displaying an indecent message referring to John Howard also used the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/25

FixWinReg Indicted for Breach of Consumer Security

According to reports in the October 10, 2007 edition of Consumeraffairs, Rob McKenna, Washington's State Attorney General, has arrived at an agreement with

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/24

Man Arrested for Engaging in Online Sexual Crime

The Cyber Crimes Task Force of West Texas arrested a man from Medford, Oregon, on October 4, 2007 on charges of traveling to meet up with a child to engage

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/24

Microsoft Resumes Investigation & Plans to Patch URI Flaw

Software maker Microsoft Corp., which patched four vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer (IE) on October 9, 2007, did not develop a fix for a problem

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/24

Hacker Accessing eBay Server Suspends a Handful of Accounts

A hacker who gained illegal access to a server of eBay Inc on October 5, 2007 caused temporary suspension of the accounts of its few members, the online

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/24

Illegal Software Downloads have High Risks of Malware Infection

BSA or Business Software Alliance, the group that detects and shuts down illegal software, has found about 36,000 counterfeit software products having a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/24

Malware Markets Now Run like Supermarkets!

The worldwide market dealing in criminal malware now provides volume discounts and special offers making it similar to a supermarket, according to a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/24

Philippines Circulates Spam Accounting for 87% of E-mails

A vast majority of total e-mail moving across the Internet in the Philippines has been reported as spam or unwanted bulk advertising, one of the key

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/23

Spam Levels Plunge after US SEC’s Initiative

In an anti-spam measure by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, trading in three

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/23

Spam Wreaks Havoc on US Govt. Mail Server

A torrent of unsolicited email messages was unleashed on recipients in the first week of October 2007 following a flaw in the distribution channel of a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/23

Technology Companies Favor Notification Law for Data Infringement

More than half of the technology companies in United Kingdom are demanding law that would compel organizations to inform their clients when a data hack

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/23

FTC Files Complaint Seeking to Halt Spam Promoting Fake Products

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has ordered Wyoming company on October 10, 2007 to stop sending bulk advertisement e-mails touting growth hormones and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/23

Data Theft to Cause Resource Drain by 20%

The loss of sensitive data resulting from security breaches will raise cost by 20% every year till 2009, according to Gartner analysts. In the continued

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/23

Spammers Develop Interest in Housing Market

In a new report, Symantec has revealed that the new target for spammers is the US

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/22

UK – Preparing to Launch Campaign against Identity Theft

As per a report by MPs (All-party Parliamentary Group in the UK) on identity theft, it has been decided to launch an advertisement to caution about

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/22

Sun Repairs Numerous Vulnerabilities of Java

On October 3, 2007, Sun Microsystems Inc. repaired 11 vulnerabilities in the Solaris, Linux and Windows version of the JRE (Java Runtime Environment) and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/22

No Fix to Defend Users against PDF Exploit, Admits Adobe

Recently, Adobe Systems Inc. has acknowledged the presence of a serious fault in its most favorite software, but so far, it doesn't have a fix that defends

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/22

Fortinet Pinpoints Ten Biggest Threats

The top ten most serious threats in terms of reported cases in September 2007 were put forth on October 1, 2007 by Fortinet, the foremost UTM (Unified

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/22

Commerce Bank Successfully Thwarts Hacking of Client Data

Commerce Bank has detected an attack on a computer that has infected a small number of Springfield clients' information on October 9, 2007. The bank alleged

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/22

China Way Ahead in Spam E-mail

The number of emails sent in July was found by the Japan Industrial Association to have doubled in comparison to September 2006.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/20

Survey Finds Majority of Aussies to be Unaware of Phishing

eBay's Galaxy survey discovered that nearly one in every three Australian net surfers thought that users have to be "stupid" to be duped by ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/10/20

Malware Sneaks in through Legitimate Websites

StopBadware issued its 2007 Trends in Badware report on October 2, 2007 stating that the criminals are discovering new methods to install their ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/10/20

Florida Firms Face Stiff Penalties for Possessing Pirated Software

According to Business Software Alliance (BSA), two Florida located firms will forfeit $225,000 in fines for allegedly holding unauthorized software on their

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/20

Feds Blackout Internet Services in Californian State to Tackle Hacking

An infected Website from Marin County, Calif., instigated the US government to closedown all Websites temporarily run by the state government for the time

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/20

Facebook Users Face ID Theft Threat

Security software developer Sophos has advised Facebook to upgrade its default confidentiality settings. The advisory comes after latest investigations

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/20

Experts Convinced Tackling Cybercrime Requires Global Approach

Information technology managers, legal functionaries, and UN authorities on October 5, 2007 cautioned that there is a pressing need to adopt a comprehensive

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/19

US Users Ignorant about Cyber Security

Nearly 87% of American users think that they have anti-virus security fixed on their PCs, but a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/19

India - Gmail Flaws Attract Hackers to .gov Sites

The main official organization on computer security has released an advisory that says Google products and its Blogspot have weak areas. CERT-IN (Indian

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/19

A New Technology to Curtail Spam in France

The government of France has launched a project with the objective to curtail spam mails. The project, called 'Signal Spam', is funded by the government and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/19

Phishers Use Linux for More Organized Attacks

eBay recently conducted an in-depth analysis of online threats to find that phishers were making themselves more organized in their ruses. Some even get

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/19

41 Individuals Face Arrest for Sending Online Videos of Child Rape

Authorities have detained 41 individuals from New Jersey on charges of exchanging video films showing minors being raped over the net. These individuals

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/19

Fairfield Hacker 'Bytes' More than Can Chew, Put Behind Bars

During the concluding week of September 2007, a Fairfield local who was charged of cyber attack has been taken into custody, declared the US Counselor

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/18

82 Million Spam mails Flow into British Homes Every Day

'Spamdemic', the outbreak of unsolicited spam mails, in Britain is spreading, according to a recent research by uSwitch.com, an independent service for

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/18

Spammers Exploit YouTube Service to Relay Junk E-mails

Cyber offenders have converted a YouTube facility into a channel relaying spam. YouTube features a service with which users can invite others to watch

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/18

‘Rock Phish’ Innovates ‘Fast Flux’ to Craft Elusive Phishing Sites

The 'Rock Phish' group continues to use innovate ways and is now using the 'fast flux' method to avoid detections, according to a new security study.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/18

Infection in Chinese Security Website

A malicious code has been reported on the Website of an Internet security company in China.

CISRT or the Chinese Internet Security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/18

E-mail Posing from a Long-lost Friend could be a Trojan

As social networking sites are becoming popular and boosting online friendships, cyber criminals are exploiting this by pretending to be an old school

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/18

China’s Weeklong Holiday to Experience Computer Viruses

Computer users in China should guard themselves against viruses that may infect their systems by spreading through detachable storage devices, Website

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/17

Most Companies Adopting Web 2.0 Unaware of Risks

While most of the commercial undertakings are welcoming the use of Web 2.0, enterprise IT units are not willing to face the consequences of the threats it

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/17

PUP – Rapidly Increasing Computer Threat

PUP, or Potentially Unwanted Program, is a threat that is rapidly increasing, according to a new security research by PandaLabs. These are often installed

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/17

Florida Implements Severe Laws Against Online Child Predators

Florida has the strictest laws in United States to fight online solicitation of teenagers and against possession of child pornography.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/17

Small Fragmented Botnets Capable of Escaping Detection

Security companies F-Secure and Finjan are warning that cyber criminals are breaking their botnet structures into smaller sizes with the idea to launch

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/17

China Finds War with Cyber-Crime a Difficult Task

The Ministry for Public Security in China said their nation is confronting a difficult fight against cyber crime.

According to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/17

Apple Patches QuickTime 13 Month Old Flaw

Apple updated Windows edition of QuickTime on October 3, 2007 to fix a-year old vulnerability that critics commented it did not notice at the time of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/17

Scam Involving Counterfeit Checks Lead to 77 Arrests

A global crackdown by the US postal authorities on financial scams on Internet since January 2007 led to seizure of fake checks of value $2.1 Billion and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/16

Spam Levels Soaring since June 2007

Software Security Company SoftScan announced on October 2, 2007 that the level of spam over the Internet had gone up by 39% in September 2007. The total

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/16

Hackers Targets Utility Companies in US

As per a security company, there has been a 90% increase in the number of the hacker attacks in US utility companies in the past 9 months' period.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/16

Google Rectifies Gmail flaw in Three Days

Google claimed to have rectified a cross-site scripting flaw in Gmail just three days after its discovery by Petko Petkov, the ethical hacker.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/16

Cyber Criminals Favoring Smaller Botnets over Larger Ones

In a bid to thwart security software firms, online criminals setting up botnets are cutting down their networks of infected computers.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/16

Breach of Data at Nature Conservancy

A hacker who illegally intruded into a computer system of The Nature Conservancy damaged personal information relating to nearly 14,000 members, including

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/15

Vulnerability in Ask.com Toolbar Deemed Serious

A new report spells doom for Ask.com, a search engine that is 11 year old and a name in the global search business where the likes of Google, Yahoo and MSN

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/15

Spam Offering Nude Pictures of Stars Spurs Rise in Malware

Sophos recently issued September 2007 update that shows a rise over August 2007 and according to the firm, malware-affected messages offering naked pictures

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/15

Software Vulnerability could Let Hackers Take Over US Power Grid

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a video describing the destructive results of 'cyber attack' test on the control system of a power

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/15

Online Videos - New Medium for Delivering Viruses

As anti-spam software is effectively improving, hackers are delivering their malicious

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/15

New Zealand’s New Anti-Spam Act Fails to Check Rising Spam

Even as certain email vendors were recently pronouncing the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act to be a flop, a leading security expert and ISPs have a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/15

Hackers Use New Pump-and-Dump Spam Method

The spam trackers at Symantec are informing that the unrelenting long forgotten pump-and-dump spam or the penny stock format has resurfaced yet again and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/12

September Suffers Sky-high Phishing & Virus Attacks

Virus and phishing attacks reached mounting levels that were not seen since the early

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/12

Pirate Bay Charges Top Media Players for Sabotage

In a complaint filed by Pirate Bay, a Swedish file-sharing site, units of 10 international entertainment players are being charged for sabotaging its

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/12

Three Men fined $330,000 for Pushing Spyware onto Customers’ PC

3 men who forced spyware on more than 15 Million computers have agreed to pay a fine of $330,000 and will be monitored for 8 years by the federal

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/12

Smartphone Spying Software Attacked by F-secure

The mobile spying tool is being promoted by Mobile Spy for stealthily tracking text messages and calls on a smartphone, which is an excellent way to catch

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/12

Eircom Security Flaw Allows Hackers to Exploit Customers

Eircom has planned to contact 250,000 of its customers regarding a security issue that arose in company's wireless modems. This security problem may allow

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/12

Wireless Technology behind Highest Customer Data Breach

Following the major data breach at TJ Maxx's parent company, Canadian investigators are blaming the big retailer for not installing sufficient security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/11

Microsoft’s Treacherous Updates Prevent Patch Installations

Microsoft admitted on September 28, 2007 that there was a problem in its Windows Update that prevented users of Windows XP from installing the recent

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/11

EBay Probes into Personal Data Exposure in its Site

On September 25 2007, the Trust and Safety Discussion Board of eBay, a platform for sharing public comments, suddenly displayed the personal information and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/11

Germany - Man Conducting Cyber Jihad Faces Trial

Peter Ernst, a federal prosecutor in Germany, described a first ever case where an Iraqi defendant, Ibrahim R., who is also a political refugee of Kurdish

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/11

Vancouver city - Police Investigating Possible Sabotage of Traffic Light Computer System

The Police department of Vancouver city is investigating if someone had sabotaged the computer system controlling the city's traffic lights, as there was

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/11

Settlement Reached in Lawsuits over Hacked Data

On 21 September 2007, TJX Cos. said that it has decided to settle customer class-action lawsuits in Canada and US involving claims over the illegal

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/11

Spam Threat Swells to 95%

According to Ipswitch, the network monitoring, messaging and managed file transfer systems developer, the threat of spam content is growing for the fifth

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SPAMfighter News 2007/10/10

Excel 2007 Displays Erroneous Math Calculations

Microsoft officials are acknowledging the significant errors in the company's Excel program, an important component incorporated into Office 2007.

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